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Health

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Food Insecurity Screening Works. We Just Need to Fix Social Stigma and the Referral Process

Screening for food insecurity is effective, a Drexel study found, but red tape and fears of being declared unfit parents often keep help from coming.
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Dornsife School of Public Health Wins Inaugural Harrison Spencer Community Service Award

The award recognizes the Dornsife School of Public Health for its extensive work in Philadelphia.
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Just Putting it Out There — How #MeToo, Awareness Months and Facebook Are Helping Us Heal

If we have learned anything on social media in 2017 it’s that everything isn’t okay. Far from it. But we are finally starting to talk about it — according to researchers at Drexel University who study our relationships with social network sites. Their latest work, an examination of how and why women decide to disclose pregnancy loss on Facebook, sheds light on a shift in our social media behavior that is making it easier for people to come forward and share their painful, personal and often stigmatized stories.
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A High(er)-Definition Nose — Drexel's MXene Material Could Improve Sensors That Sniff

Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Researchers from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
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To Improve Self-Control, Call Weight Loss What It Is: Difficult

Painting a realistic picture of the challenges of weight loss can lead to greater long-term outcomes, a new study from a Drexel psychologist shows.
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Trauma Support for Welfare Recipients Helps Them Earn More, Study Shows

Research shows that addressing Welfare recipients’ past and current trauma help them earn more at their jobs — providing hope for an exit from the program.
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Drinking, DUI Crashes Down Among Pennsylvania Youth, State Workgroup Says

The Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup released a brief that shows drinking is down in the state’s youth, but the information it presents could serve as a baseline as liquor licensing laws are relaxed.
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Hidden Treasures: Storing the Life of Alumnus Bruce Sisler, MD

Since 2012, the Legacy Center Archives at the College of Medicine has been slowly receiving one of its more comprehensive collections of alumni papers from the relative of a graduate of Hahnemann University — and there’s still more to come.
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Restaurant, Bar Smoking Bans Impact Smoking Behaviors, Especially for the Highly Educated

Smoking bans in restaurants and bars are especially effective among those with college degrees, but also were associated with higher quit attempts by people with low incomes, according to a new Drexel University study.
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Mexican Migrant Health Access Lower After U.S. Border Crossing — And Even When They Return to Mexico

Immigrants and migrants from Mexico had worse access to health care and insurance after they crossed the border into the U.S. — and it remained bad when they returned to Mexico again.
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Q&A: Laura N. Gitlin, Incoming College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean, Distinguished Professor

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a new dean: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD.
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Drexel Helps to Establish the Region's First Federal Statistical Research Data Center to Gain Access to Census Data

Researchers from around the city, who are studying public policy and the economy, will have access to some of the nation’s highest quality Census data this coming cycle, thanks to a new federal research center.